The Hyde Park Youth Symphony is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings together diverse students from the South Side of Chicago and beyond to provide a high-quality orchestral performance and musical education experience. Sponsorships are tax deductible. We keep tuition to a minimum, recognizing that many families stretch to provide arts opportunities for their children, and we offer scholarships for students who are unable to cover the cost of tuition.
Meet the Honoree
Lucinda E. Ali-Landing, is a violinist and founder of the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute. She began her studies at age six, with her father, James Holland, a violinist/violist and began with Suzuki studies in the early 1970's. After studying for one year with her father, she then studied with Sarah Deneen and later Donna Ross.
Lucinda went on to study orchestral music with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, being the youngest member of "the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra." At age 11, under the direction of Sir George Solti, Music Director. She received a Bachelor's of Music from Northern Illinois University and a Master's of Music from DePaul University.
Currently, Mrs. Ali-Landing is in the first violin section of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Additionally she has performed with the Joffrey Ballet and the Rockford Symphony. As a freelance artist, she has performed with Ray Charles, Barry White, The Winans, Brian McKnight, Oprah Winfrey, Three Mo Tenors, Ben Vereen and more.